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  • in reply to: Looking for 15mm miniatures #130067

    Splintered light is a favorite of mine.

    http://www.splinteredlightminis.com/romanobritish.html is their Arthurian range.  It could fit the bill.  Might be better for Gondor.

    Essex Goths are pretty nice.

    15mm Ancient: Visigoths / Generic European Ancient

    Essex generic dark age

    15mm Ancient/Medieval: Dark Ages Western European

    Essex Roman horse archer in mail

    RO49a Late Imperial Roman: Horse archer in mail shirt & helmet, firing

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: First Adventures in 3D Printing #129791

    Well, I’d  say you were quite successful, given that you had very little 3D printing experience.  I had been printing with a Da Vinci printer for about a year and a half before getting a more serious printer.  Welcome to the wonderful world of 3D printing!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Christopher Tolkien, RIP #129680

    I did not realize he was the ultimate publisher of the Simarilion.  While I never got into the Simarilion, that is quite an accomplishment.

    RIP

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Genuine, but very un-pc, question… #129005

    Had you considered the Iron Cross?  That would work for WW2 and still not be offensive to anyone.  Not sure what color the background would be though.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Shiny plate armour, any painting tips? #128858

    Use very silvery paints.  I think GW had Chainmail and Adamantium.  Paint on Chainmail…medium silver.  Wash in blue wash.  Drybrush on Chainmail to clean up the base color.  Highlight with Adamantium….bright silver.  Clear coat the figure in the usual manner.  If you are flat coating the figure, as a final step, brush on gloss coat to all the shiny metal bits.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Crealty 0.2mm nozzle worth it and source? #128633

    It’s easier to just let the slicer do the scaling.  I’ve always done that and had only 1 problem with a barbarian figure.  The sword was apparently 2 objects.  When I scaled it up, his great sword turned into a great short sword.  It was just the top part of the blade.  Very weird.  I’ve had no problems with tanks though.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Crealty 0.2mm nozzle worth it and source? #128624

    Patrick,

    Stick with the .4mm for now.  It will do the job.  It’s the layer height, after all, where you will see your best gains in detail and clarity.  The Ender-3 is rated at .1mm but I’ve been sending stuff to the printer at .08mm layer height.

    Since you are relatively new to 3D printing, I can only recommend that you learn everything well using the .4mm nozzle.  Once you are comfortable, then you can decide, based on the results of your many hours of printer, whether ot not it is worth getting the smaller nozzle.

    John

     

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The IJN of 1905 #128623

    That’s a shame, Kyoteblue.  I really enjoy those creative projects, seeing what others come up with.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The IJN of 1905 #128613

    Thanks Thomaston.  There were some already posted on Thingiverse.  Pretty much all of the ships are there.  https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2860250

    I used one type of destroyer.  The Japanese destroyers were a variation on a theme ayway and had only small differences.  There is only one type of torpedo boat making it easy to decide what to use.  😉

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The IJN of 1905 #128610

    I’ve seen the WTJ stuff.  They do have much better models but you do pay for the extra detail.  Mine cost 15 cents per ship on the average.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The IJN of 1905 #128603

    Balsa you say?  I’ve seen tutorials by Don Featherstone about how to make “modern” warships from balsa.  Does your friend have any pictures?  I suspect the ships would have about the same level of detail as 3D prints.  With balsa , however, you can be creative and probably eek out a bit more detail.  There is just a limit on what you can do with 3D printing, especially FDM style printing.  I have seen some really nice detail coming from resin printers though.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Celtic Shields #128560

    As a rule I don’t tell people they are dead wrong but in your case I will make an exception.  YOU ARE WRONG!  😀 Those shields look great!  Like others have said, I’d be perfectly happy with this lot. People tend to look too closely at their figures.  You can spot imperfections even with the best of paint jobs.  Now step back to the 3-4 foot range and observe how they look.  My only advice to you is just keep doing what you are doing.  You will have a fantastic looking army!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Bloody Big Battles (BBB) now on groups.io #126397

    I wish you had gone with Facebook groups.  I think it is something that lots and lots of gamers already have accounts for.  I belong to several game related groups there now.  The interface is easy to use.  It’s easy to upload and access pictures.  The only downside is that it is facebook.  😉

    groups.io appears to be more of a yahoo knock off.  that’s not necessarily a good thing.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D printing – Resin SLA v FGM #126349

    Those are some good looking models. Where/how did you get the files?

    Thank you for the kind words.  The files in question come from here.  They are actually in two sets.  https://gamedecor.com/dungeonworks.html  Total of $7 spent.  The death knight set was less of a bargain as it only came with 3 versions of death knights.  The skeletal mage came in a set with several other useful models.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: 3D printing – Resin SLA v FGM #126333

    I use an Ender-3 Pro.  It works great for my 1/72 scale fantasy figures.  I’ve been making some great prints of figures I otherwise would not have.  Remember, resin gives off toxic fumes.   You can use PLA plastic on an FDM printer.  I do understand that they’ve recently released a non-toxic, biodegradable resin though.

    Death Knight and Lich from an FDM printer painted by me.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: The Pre-Game Game #125307

    I am at the point in my life where I don’t really start a new period because the rules look cool.  Most of the time, I get rules and I usually have a collection anyway.  On top of that, many rules do not have the army lists or scenarios with the main book.  If so inclined to but one of those, I’d have to be pretty keen on them as that usually translates to a lot of money.

    All that said, a pre-game game and a regular game are mostly the same to me.  I often have to game on my own (solo) anyway.

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Is your preferred scale.. #125204

    20mm is my favorite skirmish scale.  Lots of rank n file choices in plastic for the periods I am interested in.  I can supplement these with metal.  I am working on AWI right now in metal.

    For big battles, anything from 15mm down through 6mm though the latter is kind of hard for me to see, at least when it comes to WW2 type games.

    I do envy people that dabble in the large selection of 28mm figures now and it does seem they spoiled for choice.  But 28mm is pretty expensive.  Maybe I would have done more  back in the day when metal prices were quite low.

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Carr County Militia AWI #124954

    Muhwahahahahaha!  I aim to please.

    I might have gone the 28mm rout but the last convention I was at, a gentleman was clearing out his 20mm stuff so I bought about 300+ of the little fellas for about $80.  Still need some canon and some American Indians and some Hessian fusiliers.  I’ve got the first two French battalions done and 2 British battalions almost done.  Pictures soon.

    John

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Carr County Militia AWI #124871

    And lovely they are!  Nice work!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Even by 1940, the A9 and A10 tanks were considered ineffective and obsolete.  The A13s were mostly used as the cruise tank through the first half of 1941.  The Vickers light tank were relegated to mostly scouting roles.  Through late 1941 the armored car formations were either Rolls Royce or Marmon Herrington ACs.  Those were often retrofitted with the ATRs being replaced by captured 20mm or 37mm cannon.   Crusaders did not really come in numbers until summer 1941.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Taking the plunge into AWI #123643

    So you’re a chap who games mostly in 1/72 and has decided to do AWI in 20mm? This application of common sense has confused me so much I need to lie down for a bit… 🤪 Sash and Sabre are rather nice….

    It is the one true scale, you know.  It’s how I appease the dice gods by using their very chosen ones.  Now if I could only communicate that fact to them. 😀

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Taking the plunge into AWI #123554

    I’ve seen the Sash and Saber stuff!  Very, very nice!  I ended up going with Outland (Batallenfeuer) in 20mm.  Neat, energetic figures that are exaggerated and somewhat cartoony.  They are not for everyone but I like them.  They are mostly really 7YW but will do for AWI in a pinch.  There are a couple of FIW battles I want to do as well.  Some notable figures missing are Hessian fusiliers with the short Mitre cap.  B and B miniatures carry those.   There are several ranges of 20mm out there that have th specialized units like dragoons and rifle armed rangers/scouts/light infantry.  Irregular comes to mind.  Lancer and New Line have their own ranges of 7YW figures.

    As for the rules, I am going to use A Gentleman’s War by Howard Whitehouse.  I’ve played several times now already.  Great fun!

    As for Sash and Saber, I do think the prices are quite reasonable, especially if you get unit packs.  For those thinking about taking the plunge and want something larger in size, I can recommend these without a question.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Old Projects and Madness #123281

    Yup.  I hear you.  And I’ve just started my AWI project.  It’s not that it won’t get to the painting stage.  It’s that I wanted to start last night but found I had no time.  So hopefully tonight…before I run out of will to actually work on the project.

    I tend to not complete one task and then the next.  So I will paint a bunch of figures and then go back and plan some more.  Then go back to paint etc.  Sometimes I just paint to the scenario.  I also bounce between projects when I get tired of painting something.  I do usually come back.   Well, wish me luck in finding the time!

    John

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Gridmaster, where are your rules located? I couldn’t find them in that link. Admittedly I am on phone browsing.

    They are a PDF.  https://www.gridwargaming.co.uk/p/table-top-battles-2nd-edition.html

    Table Top Battles is a fine rules set that does exactly what it says it does.  If you want a simple set of wargaming rules played on a grid, these would easily fit the bill.

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Fat Dragon Games sale #122836

    It’s for all of their papercraft stuff.  The STL files are not on sale.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Is Scratch-Building a Part of Your Gaming Hobby #122740

    I have not 3D sculpted yet.  I do use the 3D printer a good bit.  As well, I do card model a bit.  This SDKFZ10 is an original design.  It has not been edged with paint in the picture.

    SDKFZ-10

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Great stuff!  Six (6!) new scenarios to try out!  My son will be happy.  Thank you for all the time and effort you put into these.

    John

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    Ace on BOTH sides.  I don’t think I’d want that distinction!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Impossible units #121608

    ACW balloon infantry.

    Why not take it to the next level?  ACW paratroopers!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: My 15mm Fantasy stuff – Men of Cormyr #121267

    Demonworld, while nice figures in their own right are a completely different range.  They do mix pretty well though.  Demonworld is a touch bigger.

    I would love to see these in production again.  Just don’t think it will ever happen, at least not in my lifetime. 🙁

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: My 15mm Fantasy stuff – Men of Cormyr #121104

    Lovely figures and paint jobs.  It is a shame that these will never be produced again.  Molds (allegedly) were destroyed when RP license to produce DnD figures expired.  You can still find them on Ebay for a somewhat premium price.  I have a bunch myself.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Taking the plunge into AWI #120703

    ATKM went under?  Say it ain’t so!  I really like their stuff but never really had the money to afford the figures.  They even had 12 man units and 6 troopers for horse.

    So, a couple of points about WLG.  They are thinner than metal but must plastic figures are.  I am OK with that and am even used to it.  I game a lot with 1/72 scale plastic figs.

    It seems that the line troops stand up ramrod straight which is quite nice.  It is specifically the militia that slouch and I am kind of OK with that.  Perhaps slightly awkward but that might actually be what I would look like were I in the same position.

    I am using “A Gentleman’s War” by Howard Whitehouse  for this project.  Quite a simple set with smaller (12 man) units.

    On the downside, these require arms, and heads to be attached and positioned.  Lots of gluing.

    Most/all of the figures are plastic.  Not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.

     

    Finally, What are some of the 54mm figure makers out there?  I won’t say I’d never until I’ve seen them.  What is “LOD”?

    John

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Taking the plunge into AWI #120600

    Tax dodging traitors?  No longer murderous tax dodging traitors?  Hooray!  We’ve been upgraded! 😉

    Thanks for the comments.  I’ll have a look around the web.  Maybe I can find some reviews of these.  I suppose, stooping is a natural reaction to walking into enemy fire.  It might look kind of “natural.”

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Some Napoleonic Miniatures #120376

    . I’m still none the wiser, so my current Austrian infantry carry it centrally because it looks better like that!

    And THAT is the way it should be!  Wonderful collection you have!

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Phalangites with Pelta #119817

    Pelte is a Greek word that means “Pelt” as in the hide of an animal.  A Pelte, I presume, is any hide covered shield.  Most phalangites used round pelte.  The Antigonid pike you mention are probably modeled after the Hypaspists of Alexander’s army which could fight as a phalanx with a long pike or as light infantry (peltasts) in various roles.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Are game reviewers critical enough? #119174

    I think most reviews I see seem to smack of people playing a game or three and then giving their impressions.  With that, you usually get a positive review for a given game.  People seem reluctant these days to give a negative review.  There are some, like on Board Game Geek or Wargame Vault, that give a numeric review without qualifying it with even a single sentence.

    I tend to not write reviews but rather overviews.  At my age, I know what I like and I know what ticks the boxes…for me.  I will usually work out some of the probabilities and then, if I get around to playing several games, I will even say what I liked and what I didn’t like.  I’ll even say what worked and what didn’t work.  I try to make the user understand that I am writing the review from my point of view based on my tastes.  There will always be a sprinkling of YMMV throughout as a reminder.

    Those that wish to write reviews should consider doing something similar to what I do.  No need to heap praise or sling mud.  That  I find is useless.

    YMMV 😉

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Table Top Battle 2nd Edition #118559

    Hi Michael,

    I have the first edition of the game.  Just curious what the second edition will bring me before I make a decision.  What is the difference between the two?

    John

     

     

     

     

     

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: DBA 3.0 Review #118206

    Very good and fair review.  As for food, I  use the Chinese food analogy. Always tasty but somehow is not completely satisfying.  Like you, I  would happily play them again…even after a long layoff.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: Stay on Target? #115796

    Vikings and Saxons both used horses in battle…Or at least up to the battle as mounted infantry.  Vikings (aka Norse or Northmen) inhabited a place called Normandy.  I hear those guys were pretty good at fighting from horseback.  😉  Just my 2 cents.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    in reply to: One more SYW Parade #113257

    Wonderful collection!  And they are mounted in  single rank as god intended! 😉

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

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